Pasta with tomatoes, pine nuts & artichoke hearts

Ingredients

1/4 cups olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 6-oz jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt and pepper
9 oz angel hair pasta, freshly cooked
grated parmesan

How to prepare

Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and garlic and saut

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Fettucine frittata with prosciutto

Ingredients

1 small onion, sliced thin
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 lb fettucine
1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped coarse
1 cup coarsely grated emmenthal cheese (about 3 ounces)

1/3 cup fresh italian parsley, minced
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

In a 12″ non-stick skillet cook onion in 3 tbsp of butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, or until softened but not browned. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook fettucine until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss fettucine with onion, prosciutto, walnuts, cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp butter over moderately high heat until foam subsides. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Peas, bacon, and ricotta sauce for pasta

Ingredients

1 lb fresh, young peas unshelled weight, or 1/2 of a 10 oz package of tiny frozen peas, thawed
1/4 lb bacon, lean, slab bacon
Salt
1/4 lb fresh ricotta
1 tbsp butter
1/3 cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus additional cheese at table
Black pepper, ground fresh
1 lb pasta fusilli or rigatoni

How to prepare

1 if using fresh peas: shell them, discard the pods, rinse them in cold water, and cook them in a sm amount of simmering water until they are just tender the time varies greatly depending on the freshness and youth of the peas if using thawed frozen peas: begin the sauce at step 2
2 cut the bacon into short, narrow strips put it into a sm saut

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Red beans & rice with pickled pork

Ingredients

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1/2 cup whole mustard seed
1 tbsp celery seed 2 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp kosher salt
12 peppercorns
2 tbsp tabasco

1 quart white vinegar
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1 lb red beans, soaked overnight
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 bunch green onion, chopped
7 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 bay leaf
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp tabasco
1/2 cup tomato catsup
1 lb smoked sausage, thick sliced
1 lb pickled pork (see above), rinsed water to cover

How to prepare

To make pickled pork: combine the above and boil three minutes. Cool to room temperature. Add up to 2 lb of cubed pork butt, place in non-metallic bowl and refrigerate, covered, for three or more days.
To make red beans: combine above in a pot and cook covered on medium heat about 1-1/2 hours. Serve over rice.

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Vermicelli frittata with eggplant

Ingredients

1 lb eggplant, trimmed
1 tbsp salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice
1/2 cup brine-cured black olives such as gaeta, pitted and cut into slivers

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/2 lb vermicelli
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

Cut eggplant into 1/4″ dice and sprinkle with the salt. Drain eggplant, weighted with a plate topped by several cans, in a colander 45 minutes. Rinse eggplant well and squeeze dry by handfuls. Drain eggplant on paper towels. In a heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Add bell pepper and cook, covered, until softened. Add eggplant and cook 10 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Stir in olives and basil. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook vermicelli until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss vermicelli with eggplant mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Cajun shrimp pasta

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp basil
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp tabasco sauce
2 cup diced peeled and seeded tomatoes
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cup chicken or shrimp stock
1 lb vermicelli pasta or linguine
1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined (can substitute chicken)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Spaghetti & crab meat

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 lb fresh crab meat (well picked)
14-oz solid pack tomatoes
1/4 cup spanish sherry
1 cup tomato sauce
parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Pasta with pesto sauce

Ingredients

6 large cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup pine nuts
1 cup shelled walnuts
1/4 cup blanched almonds
1 cup freshly grated aged pecorino or parmigiano cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
6 oz cherry tomatoes,- optional
salt
freshly ground pepper fresh
pasta
16 med-size fresh basil leaves, optional

How to prepare

Place garlic, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds, cheese, olive oil and tomatoes in food processor or blender and blend until very smooth sauce forms. Transfer sauce to crockery or glass bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, mix well and refrigerate, covered, until needed. When ready to use, remove sauce from refrigerator. Remove 3/4 cup boiling water from pot in which fresh pasta is cooking and stir into sauce. Ladle half of sauce onto large serving platter. Drain fresh pasta, place on prepared dish, add remaining sauce and mix gently but thoroughly. Sprinkle with basil leaves to garnish and serve hot. Makes 8 servings. Note. No extra cheese should be served with this dish.

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Ingredients

12 oz spaghetti
12 oz fresh tomatoes or canned
4 oz large black olives, stoned and sliced
8 canned anchovies fillets
1 tbsp capers

2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp parsley
6 tbsp olive oil
2 dried red chilies, crumbled
salt (if not using the anchovies)

How to prepare

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water for about ten minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, fry the anchovies, garlic and red chili in the olive oil for one minute. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers and cook for a couple of minutes more. Season to taste. Drain the spaghetti, add to the sauce, sprinkle in the parsley and mix well.

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Pasta puttanesca

Ingredients

4 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp anchovy paste
1 clove garlic
1 crushed red pepper
1 tbsp capers
2.5 oz chopped black olives
28 oz can italian tomatoes, chopped

How to prepare

Heat olive oil in a pan. Add anchovy paste and garlic and saut for one minute. Add tomatoes, capers, olives, red pepper. Simmer for 30 minutes, mashing tomatoes with a fork. Sauce should be thick and chunky. Serve over penne. Top with fresh grated parmesan.

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